March 3, 2013: SpaceX’s Dragon automated re-supply spacecraft successfully launched on its third flight to the International Space Station (ISS) on March 1, 2013. Upon separation from the launch vehicle, Dragon suffered a significant propulsion system anomaly that affected it for several hours. SpaceX personnel were eventually able to fully recover all functionality, and following clearance from NASA, Dragon resumed its planned approach to ISS. Due to the anomaly, final approach and capture via robotic arm by the on-board crew occurred approximately 24 hours later than initially expected, at 10:31 GMT on Sunday, March 3, 2013. Odyssey personnel supported from the Mission Control Complex at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX throughout the anomaly resolution efforts, rendezvous, and capture. Dragon will remain attached to ISS for approximately twenty-three days, departing for controlled atmospheric re-entry on March 26, 2013. Congratulations to the entire SpaceX team!
By Jeff Morris|2016-05-18T22:05:31-05:00March 3rd, 2013|Dragon, ISS Visiting Vehicles|
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